PulteGroup, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • Q1 Net Income of $92 Million, or $0.28 Per Share, Includes $0.03 Per Share Charge for Resolution of Certain Insurance Matters; Reported EPS Up 17% Over Prior Year
  • Home Sale Revenues Gained 14% to $1.6 Billion; Closings Increased 7% to 4,225 Homes
  • Value of Net New Orders Increased 16% to $2.4 Billion; Net New Orders Up 8% to 6,126 Homes
  • Backlog Value Up 13% to $3.8 Billion; Backlog Increased 6% to 9,323 Homes
  • Repurchased $100 Million of Stock During the Quarter

ATLANTA, April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) announced today financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017. For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $92 million, or $0.28 per share, inclusive of $0.03 per share of expense associated with the resolution of certain insurance matters. Prior year net income was $83 million, or $0.24 per share.

“Reflecting our increased business investment over the past few years and the ongoing execution of our Value Creation strategy, PulteGroup delivered another quarter of significant operating and financial gains that drove a 17% increase in earnings to $0.28 per share,” said Ryan Marshall, President and CEO of PulteGroup. “Consistent with our focus on delivering superior returns over the housing cycle, we continue to realize strong operating margins, improve our asset efficiency and return excess funds to our shareholders.”

“Buyer interest during the spring selling season of 2017 has been high and points to the ongoing strength in recovery for the housing industry,” added Marshall. “Strong buyer demand continues to be supported by an improving economy and resulting employment and wage gains, high consumer confidence, a low inventory of new and existing homes, and the powerful demographic forces of Millennials and Baby Boomers. Given the strength of our land pipeline and our disciplined investment practices, PulteGroup is well positioned to grow its market presence and improve its financial performance within this operating environment.”

Home sale revenues for the first quarter totaled $1.6 billion, an increase of 14% over the prior year. Higher revenues for the quarter were driven by a 7% increase in closings to 4,225 homes, in combination with a 6% increase in average selling price to $375,000.

Home sale gross profits for the quarter totaled $368 million, or 23.2% of home sale revenues, compared with $356 million, or 25.5% of home sale revenues, in the prior year. SG&A expense for the period was $236 million, or 14.9% of home sale revenues, inclusive of $15 million of expenses associated with the resolution of certain insurance matters. SG&A expense for the first quarter of 2016 was $242 million, or 17.4% of home sale revenues.

For the quarter, net new orders increased 8% to 6,126 homes, while the dollar value of net new orders increased 16% over the prior year to $2.4 billion. The Company operated out of 780 communities for the quarter, which is an increase of 10% over last year.

PulteGroup’s backlog at quarter end totaled 9,323 homes valued at $3.8 billion, compared with prior year backlog of 8,755 homes valued at $3.4 billion. The average sales price in backlog of $408,000 is up 6% over the prior year and reflects the ongoing shift in both the mix of homes sold toward more move-up product and toward higher prices within the buyer category.

Higher homebuilder closing volumes helped increase pretax income in the Company's financial services operations to $14 million for the quarter, compared with pretax income of $10 million in the prior year. Mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 80% compared with 81% in the comparable prior year period.

The Company ended the quarter with $424 million of cash. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 4.7 million common shares for $100 million, or an average price of $21.30 per share.

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's first quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested investors can access the live webcast via PulteGroup's corporate website at www.pultegroupinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements." These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities, as well as those of the markets we serve or intend to serve, to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate to matters of a strictly factual or historical nature and generally discuss or relate to forecasts, estimates or other expectations regarding future events. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “might,” "should", “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to expected operating and performing results, planned transactions, planned objectives of management, future developments or conditions in the industries in which we participate and other trends, developments and uncertainties that may affect our business in the future.

Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: interest rate changes and the availability of mortgage financing; competition within the industries in which we operate; the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by us in our homebuilding operations; the impact of any changes to our strategy in responding to the cyclical nature of the industry, including any changes regarding our land positions and the levels of our land spend; the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with our businesses; shortages and the cost of labor; weather related slowdowns; slow growth initiatives and/or local building moratoria; governmental regulation directed at or affecting the housing market, the homebuilding industry or construction activities; uncertainty in the mortgage lending industry, including revisions to underwriting standards and repurchase requirements associated with the sale of mortgage loans; the interpretation of or changes to tax, labor and environmental laws; economic changes nationally or in our local markets, including inflation, deflation, changes in consumer confidence and preferences and the state of the market for homes in general; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow in order to successfully implement our capital allocation priorities; required accounting changes; terrorist acts and other acts of war; and other factors of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. See PulteGroup's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our businesses. We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in our expectations.

About PulteGroup
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America's largest homebuilding companies with operations in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the Company is one of the industry's most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better.

For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to www.pultegroupinc.com; www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com; www.divosta.com and www.jwhomes.com.

PulteGroup, Inc.
Consolidated Results of Operations
($000's omitted, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Home sale revenues$1,585,421 $1,394,243
Land sale revenues1,640 2,487
1,587,061 1,396,730
Financial Services41,767 35,848
Total revenues1,628,828 1,432,578
Homebuilding Cost of Revenues:
Home sale cost of revenues(1,217,678) (1,038,028)
Land sale cost of revenues(3,228) (2,028)
(1,220,906) (1,040,056)
Financial Services expenses(28,367) (26,119)
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (236,268) (242,316)
Other expense, net(4,022) (5,874)
Income before income taxes139,265 118,213
Income tax expense(47,747) (34,913)
Net income$91,518 $83,300
Per share:
Basic earnings$0.29 $0.24
Diluted earnings$0.28 $0.24
Cash dividends declared$0.09 $0.09
Number of shares used in calculation:
Basic317,756 347,815
Effect of dilutive securities2,329 2,662
Diluted320,085 350,477

PulteGroup, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
($000's omitted)
March 31,
December 31,
Cash and equivalents$397,758 $698,882
Restricted cash26,105 24,366
Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 423,863 723,248
House and land inventory7,028,335 6,770,655
Land held for sale48,563 31,728
Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale345,379 539,496
Investments in unconsolidated entities65,293 51,447
Other assets829,625 857,426
Intangible assets151,342 154,792
Deferred tax assets, net1,028,414 1,049,408
$9,920,814 $10,178,200
Accounts payable$367,180 $405,455
Customer deposits240,745 187,891
Accrued and other liabilities1,360,418 1,448,994
Income tax liabilities41,941 34,860
Financial Services debt140,381 331,621
Senior notes3,110,004 3,110,016
5,260,669 5,518,837
Shareholders' equity4,660,145 4,659,363
$9,920,814 $10,178,200

PulteGroup, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
($000's omitted)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$91,518 $83,300
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:
Deferred income tax expense39,226 50,026
Depreciation and amortization13,209 13,113
Share-based compensation expense14,161 9,355
Other, net4,090 4,447
Increase (decrease) in cash due to:
Inventories(267,014) (381,910)
Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale194,117 151,886
Other assets21,858 (25,133)
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities(71,362) 31,999
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities39,803 (62,917)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures(9,996) (9,460)
Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries(14,802) (13,534)
Cash used for business acquisition (430,011)
Other investing activities, net1,423 1,253
Net cash used in investing activities(23,375) (451,752)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from debt issuance 991,575
Repayments of debt(1,067) (702)
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 220,000
Repayments under revolving credit facility (220,000)
Financial Services borrowings (repayments)(191,240) (149,263)
Stock option exercises11,118 52
Share repurchases(105,522) (52,745)
Dividends paid(29,102) (31,568)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities(315,813) 757,349
Net increase (decrease)(299,385) 242,680
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period723,248 775,435
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$423,863 $1,018,115
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
Interest paid (capitalized), net$12,830 $(23,124)
Income taxes paid (refunded), net$1,043 $1,212

PulteGroup, Inc.
Segment Data
($000's omitted)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Home sale revenues$1,585,421 $1,394,243
Land sale revenues1,640 2,487
Total Homebuilding revenues1,587,061 1,396,730
Home sale cost of revenues(1,217,678) (1,038,028)
Land sale cost of revenues(3,228) (2,028)
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (236,268) (242,316)
Other expense, net(4,125) (5,925)
Income before income taxes$125,762 $108,433
Income before income taxes$13,503 $9,780
Income before income taxes$139,265 $118,213

PulteGroup, Inc.
Segment Data, continued
($000's omitted)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Home sale revenues$1,585,421 $1,394,243
Closings - units
Northeast232 262
Southeast836 826
Florida832 745
Midwest668 552
Texas840 775
West817 785
4,225 3,945
Average selling price$375 $353
Net new orders - units
Northeast411 378
Southeast1,077 1,052
Florida1,040 923
Midwest1,162 994
Texas1,211 1,121
West1,225 1,184
6,126 5,652
Net new orders - dollars $2,446,141 $2,113,973
Unit backlog
Northeast566 560
Southeast1,612 1,689
Florida1,626 1,452
Midwest1,801 1,531
Texas1,783 1,691
West1,935 1,832
9,323 8,755
Dollars in backlog$3,802,231 $3,359,157

PulteGroup, Inc.
Segment Data, continued
($000's omitted)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Origination volume2,873 2,548
Origination principal$806,352 $666,647
Capture rate80.3% 81.1%

Supplemental Data
($000's omitted)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Interest in inventory, beginning of period $186,097 $149,498
Interest capitalized44,923 35,284
Interest expensed(27,192) (26,129)
Interest in inventory, end of period$203,828 $158,653

Company Contact Investors: Jim Zeumer (404) 978-6434 Email: jim.zeumer@pultegroup.com

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